Looseleaf Theatre Co.
The Merchant of Venice
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Tony Vezner, Associate Professor of Theatre
Producing Artistic Director - Looseleaf Theatre Co.
May 23, 24, 25, 30, 31 at 4:30 p.m. in the Nelson Amphitheater
No tickets necessary - free and open to the public
Nelson Amphitheatre | Concordia University Irvine
“The quality of mercy is not strained; It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven” - Portia, Act 4, scene 1
“Hath not a Jew eyes? … If you prick us do we not bleed? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge?” - Shylock, Act 3, scene 1
Shakespeare’s astonishing play gets to the heart of love and commitment, as well as troubling issues such as Anti- Semitism and the effects of blind revenge. A young man must make a deal with a man hell-bent on revenge in order to win the woman he loves. Along the way his friendship and commitment to his love will be severely tested.
Shakespeare’s brilliance will be brought to life by our professional cast in Concordia’s beautiful 500 seat outdoor amphitheater. Bring your friends and family and a picnic to enjoy this remarkable play.
In 2011 the theatre department launched a professional theatre company to give students internship opportunities in acting, design, and tech where they could perform and learn alongside working professionals in a summer stock environment. The company was named “Looseleaf" because the shows are produced in Concordia’s beautiful 400-seat outdoor amphitheater and to allude to the company’s focus on classics (which could be found in older books, which could have loose leaf binding …)
In 2012 Looseleaf had its first production - Shakespeare's Twelfth Night which was attended by 1388 people over 5 performances (see photos under “Productions 2011-12”). Audiences picnicked, laughed, and gave the performances standing ovations.
That production utilized Concordia students and professors in all areas from acting, stage management, costumes, and backstage technical areas. They were joined by professional designers and actors from L.A., Orange County, and Hollywood. Looseleaf allows Concordia students the chance to "get their feet wet" in the profession, learn alongside professionals, and gain their first professional credits while still in college.
In 2013 Looseleaf staged Shakespeare’s "As You Like It." The theatre department plans to use Looseleaf Theatre Co. as a unique teaching tool to offer our students "real world" experience while giving the public free, fun entertainment.